Despite the plethora of problems currently facing Brazil, the host country was able to win several gold medals during the Olympics.
Brazil won its first medal of the Games in judo after Rafaela Silva won against Mongolia’s Sumiya Dorjsuren. Silva is Brazil’s first world champion in the sport, but she was disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics for an illegal leg grab.
Robson Conceicao won Brazil’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in boxing on Tuesday. He won with a unanimous points victory over France’s Sofiane Oumiha. Brazil won three boxing medals in the 2012 Olympics, but this is the first gold it has won in the sport.
Brazil’s beach volleyball beat the USA’s team in a semifinal match, causing the US team to lose its chance to win gold. The US’s Kerri Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with her previous partner Misty May-Treanor, and she has only ever lost two sets in an Olympic match. Despite this upset, Brazil lost in the final match, yielding them a silver medal. Walsh Jennings and her partner April Ross won their final match for the bronze medal.
Brazil’s Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos won his third Olympic medal in the C-2 200m rowing race, despite not winning the gold. Germany won by about a second, marking the German paddler’s second Olympic gold medal at this Olympics. Queiroz dos Santos previously won silver and bronze in the C-1 1000m and the C-2 200m, respectively.
Brazil won its first gold medal in soccer against Germany. The teams both scored one point, even after overtime, so they had to go into a penalty shootout. Brazil won with a score of 5-4. This comes after Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup, which Brazil also hosted.
Today, the closing day of the Olympics, Brazil won the gold medal in men’s volleyball against Italy after winning the match 3-0. This marks the country’s seventh gold medal at this year’s Games.
Although this year’s Olympics have been surrounded by controversy, the Brazilian athletes have had numerous successes.